Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are an important source of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin C. Vegetables are great for the health and also help to promote weight loss. While some people really enjoy eating vegetable and have no issues with them at all, some people find it difficult to eat as much vegetables as they should. However, you can find a new means to eat vegetables more often as you should. Below are some sneaky ways to eat more vegetables.
1. Grate them
It is much easier to incorporate vegetables into your diet when they are reduced to tiny particles. Grate your vegetables and add them to your favorite meals to help you ingest them better. Carrots, parsnips, broccoli stalks and cabbage are great options to grate into meals.
2. Slice them & fry them
Thinly slice your vegetables and fry them to make them more appealing to you. You can fry them with eggs or chips or any other favorite meal you find fit.
3. Slide them into a soup
Making your vegetables part of salads may be sometimes boring, so why not include them in soups? Green vegetables like spinach and kale can be made into pesto and spread on sandwiches. You can also mash your avocados, instead of using mayonnaise or Greek yogurts and spreads. Add extra virgin oil or lemon to the avocado to make it even creamier.
4. Make them into a sauce
You can make your vegetables into a sauce. To make creamy cauliflower sauce, boil the cauliflower florets and blend them with almond milk, Dijon mustard, lemon, juice, garlic, onions, and salt and pepper for a creamy sauce.
5. Pretend it’s pasta
You can use some of your vegetables like zucchini and carrots, daikon radish, kohlrabi, turnip, butternut squash, sweet potato, potato and broccoli as pasta substitutes, and pretend that you are eating your favorite pasta.
6. Use them in place of bread
You can save some carbs by using vegetables in place of bread. Lucy Maher from Livestrong suggests that you blanch your vegetables and pat dry or wrap a large leaf in a damp paper towel and microwave it for 10-15 seconds. “You can also marinate them by massaging some olive oil into the leaves and sticking them in the refrigerator for a few hours. The key is to use one really large leaf, or if not, use several leaves as a wrap. Stack two or three then pile on the fixings” says Lucy.
With these sneaky ways, you can now find it easy and fun to eat vegetables and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.
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